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04-21-2016 12:51 AM
Re: Cal 31

Re: rudder bearing. I don't know about the 83 model, mine is a 79. It is also tillered rather than with a wheel. That said, I did have two problems with the rudder. The first was the excessive flexing I would get around the top of the rudder post when steering in heavy weather. This bothered me enough that I had the yard (Cabrillo Boat Works) glass in gussets to support the top end of the rudder tube. The other problem was that the rudder post was getting "sloppy" in the tube. In my boat there is no bearing - just a stainless post in a fiberglass tube. I had the yard line the tube with a thin sheet of teflon. I fixed the problem completely. It did take a few hours of sailing for it to loosen up but it is still tight three years later.
02-09-2016 03:10 PM
williewood33 I have started a cal 31 group page on Facebook to share info and experiences
01-21-2016 02:11 PM
williewood33 For a new bearing, Marine Products Engineering, Doug Grant. Located in San Pedro, CA. I don't know that he will make you one, but he has material and the skill.

What became of your existing one?
01-21-2016 01:43 PM
Re: Cal 31

I replaced my engine with a Yanmar 30 GM3 its very noisy, I was thinking about using insulation material all around the lazarettes and anywhere else I could find, its a lot of insulation, Boxing may be good, but have you thought about fire hazards and ventilation? Even though its a diesel it may not be a good idea to "box" it.
01-21-2016 01:40 PM
Re: Cal 31

I am looking for information on replacing the rudder bearing in my 1983 CAL 31, does anyone have a place to buy one, or have experience replacing one?
12-14-2015 03:41 PM
williewood33 The engine is open on the top and sides within the lazarettes, plus noisy. I'm thinking of building a box to isolate the engine.
12-14-2015 11:54 AM
Re: Cal 31

Williewood, not sure what you mean by boxing in the engine. Are you talking about building an enclosure for sound reduction?
12-14-2015 01:10 AM
Re: Cal 31

Has anyone boxed in their engine on the Cal 31? If so, penny for your thoughts.
12-06-2015 10:26 PM
Re: Cal 31

Bill, How is the fridge project?
12-06-2015 10:24 PM
Re: Cal 31

No, my daughter was down below reading. And, the boat is a '79, the pic is this summer. I do 95% of my sailing to Catalina with my two kids.
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